10 best travel mini sets

Use your holiday as an excuse to try a luxe skincare brand for size

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Skincare, sun protection, cosmetics and haircare can add a hefty burden to your carry-on case. Avoid airport stress and unnecessary excess baggage charges by shrinking your toiletry bag. No needs to mess around with refillable cosmetic bottles, because whether you prefer luxury skincare or cheap and cheerful products, all your favourite brands have done the hard work already.

1. Bioderma Photoderm Travel Pouch: £15.80, escentual.com


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If you haven’t already heard of the cult French brand, a sunny break is the ideal time to get acquainted. It’s most famous for the Micellar water (which this kit contains) but, as you’ll discover, its sun care is also brilliant.

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2. Verso Travel Kit: £40, cultbeauty.co.uk


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Verso is a revolutionary new skincare brand from Stockholm. Here, you get a cleanser, day cream and night cream, all with the groundbreaking Retinol 8 complex that helps to reverse the aging process.

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3. On The Road Again: £69, codageparis.com



Codage is a relatively new name in the UK but the French brand has quickly made an impact. This kit contains five handy products that deal with the effects of everything from jet lag and changes in temperature to excessive pollution.

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4. 3-Step Introduction Kit: £20, clinique.co.uk



Sun, sea, sweat and sand can do strange things to your skin, all the more reason to be prepared with a skincare set that means business. Clinique’s 3-Step System has been revamping skin since the sixties. This introductory set contains mini versions of the three cult products.

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5. In Transit Short Haul: £34.50, thisworks.com



This aptly named set from natural beauty specialists This Works contains products to keep skin in tip-top condition: Transit No Traces cleansing pads remove impurities while calming skin and Transit Skin Defence is a moisturiser with SPF 30.

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6. Lancer The Method Travel Set: £105, net-a-porter.com


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Converts to Lancer include Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian. Although the famous skincare regime doesn’t come cheap, a travel set is a great way to see if the pricey potions are right for you. This one contains all the essentials – polish, cleanser and moisturiser.

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7. Moroccanoil Travel Luxuries Nourish Set: £39, johnlewis.com



As well as Moroccanoil’s signature nourishing hair formula, this set also includes two products from the new bodycare line including a Body Souffle and Intense Hydrating Treatment, which will help to pamper sunned-out skin.

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8. Grab and Fly Kit: £20, renskincare.com


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Here’s every beauty product you need for holiday in one neat, goodvalue package. The kit includes a cleanser, day cream, lip balm, eye gel, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body cream, plus an airport-approved clear plastic bag.

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9. Essentials Try-Me Kit: £24.75, lizearle.com


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British skincare brand Liz Earle made its name with its awardwinning Hot Cloth Cleanser. Its gentle approach to cleansing is ideal for holidays when skin’s feeling on the tender side. It works even better alongside the tonic, moisturiser and eye lotion in this kit.

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10. Aromatherapy Associates Essential Travel Oils: £33, feelunique.com



Holiday pampering doesn’t come much better than Aromatherapy Associates’ essential oils. This set includes four oils to use depending on your mood – apply to the body before showering or add a few drops to the bath.

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These days most toiletry bags require their own luggage allowance to travel, but there’s no need to cart your entire kit with you thanks to a myriad of minis on the market. Ticking the box for both value for money and all round usefulness is Ren Skincare’s Grab and Fly Kit which contains almost everything you’ll need to keep your skin in tip-top condition. If it’s something a little more special you're after, Lancer’s Method Travel Set is the favoured brand of the rich and famous, making it ideal for the jet-set lifestyle.


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